Time: The project starts on Wednesday 5th November and ends on Friday 29th November. • Guidelines: You are going to read 200-300 pages. One of the books has already been chosen for you – Oliver Twist (about 70 pages).
REMEMBER… Documentation: • Reading diary, every time you read • Book reports, of Oliver Twist and the book of your choice • Oral presentation, the book of your choice • Leaf, to put on the book tree Hand in: • Your book reports, writing diary and leaf no later than Friday 29th November.
ORAL PRESENTATION Presentation: • You are going to present a book of your choice, not Oliver Twist, in class on Wednesday 4th December • Book – review • Read from the book • Should last 5 – 10 minutes • A
Review – book A book review is both a description and an evaluation of a book. Above all, do not give away the story!
Follow this step by step guide when writing a review: • Title: What is the title of the book? • Author: Who wrote it? Facts about the autor. • Type: Is it a detective story, thriller, horror story, historical novel, science fiction, romance etc?
Plot/structure: What is it about? Family life, an usual person, a mystery, an adventure etc? Is this a story where the action is very important? Is there more than one set of characters and events? Does the author use memories and flashbacks? Is the book divided into different sections? What are they about and how are they different?
Characters: Who are they? What are they like? Do you believe in the characters? Are some of them more believable than others? Are there any two characters whose relationship to each other seems particularly important to the story? What is the relationship like and why is it important?
Setting: Where does the story take place? Do you think the setting is important to the story? What have you learnt about the setting, and how? How does the description of the setting make you feel about the time and place?
Time: Is it written in the present time, in the past, or in the future?
Style: Is the story written as if it is being told by one of the people in it (first person)? Is it written as if the author is on the outside of the story (third person)? Do you think that this makes any difference? Is the language simple or difficult? Is there a lot of conversation and description? What do you think about the way it is written?
Events: What kind of opening does the book have? Does it plunge straight into action? Does it introduce the characters? Does it introduce the setting? Was the ending of the book what you expected? Would you have preferred it to end in a different way? What happens? Write a summary of the story. Make sure not to put to many details into it.
Theme: Is the writer saying something important about people? Is there a “message” in the story? What do you think the author wants you to think about this book? How do you think the author gets you to think about the theme? Do the characters express their views on the theme? What do the events of the story show us about what the author thinks? What do you think about the theme? Is there anyone in the story who shares your view?
Comments: What was your immediate reaction to the book? How would you describe the story? Amusing? Exciting? Fast-moving? Sad? Did you like it? What especially did you like? How did you feel? Happy? Sad? Would you recommend this book to other people to read?